PAMPANGA Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel players eye the loose ball in their game in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday. / PBA
The San Miguel Beermen kept their hopes for a top four finish alive with a huge 81-66 win over the league-leading Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup on Sunday, November 8, at the Angeles University Foundation Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Pampanga.
The win was a crucial one for the five-time defending Philippine Cup champions as it placed them into a four-way tie at the fourth spot with Meralco, Alaska and Magnolia. All four teams tote identical 6-4 (win-loss) records.
The Beermen unleashed 15 unanswered points in the second quarter that let them establish a huge 53-36 halftime lead. San Miguel brought the lead to 20, 56-36, but Ginebra came roaring back, pulling to within three, 53-56, after a triple by Scottie Thompson, with 4:18 left in the third.
However, that was as close as Ginebra would get as San Miguel regained their bearings and pulled away in the fourth to snatch the win.
Moala Tautuaa was huge for San Miguel as he recorded a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Marcio Lassiter added 12 while Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot and Bambam Gamalinda tallied 11 markers each. Ross and Gamalinda had double-doubles of their own with the former pulling down 14 rebounds and the latter grabbing 11 boards.
Ginebra dropped to 7-3 and into a tie for first place with the idle TNT. However, the Kings can still nab the top seed in the next round with a win over the league’s worst team, TerraFirma, on Monday. (JNP)